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Jackson Browne to Receive Special Award During 2014 Americana Music Festival in Nashville This Fall

Image courtesy of Image Courtesy of Nels Israelson (via ABC News Radio)
Image courtesy of Image Courtesy of Nels Israelson (via ABC News Radio)

Jackson Browne will be one of the special honorees at the Americana Music Association's 13th annual Honors and Awards ceremony, which will be held on September 17 at Nashville's historic Ryman Auditorium.  The acclaimed folk-rock artist will be presented with the Spirit of Americana Award, Free Speech in Music prize.

The award, which will be co-presented by the First Amendment Center, will recognize Browne's longtime support for environmental, social and political causes, as well as his musical contributions.

The Americana Music Association also will give Lifetime Achievement Awards to country legend Loretta Lynn , folk-blues great Taj Mahal and Tex-Mex accordion virtuoso Flaco Jimenez , who will be acknowledged, respectively, in the categories of songwriting, performance and instrumental talent.

The ceremony will help kick off this year's installment of the annual Americana Music Festival, which will run through September 21.  The event will be recorded and will air later this year as a special episode of the PBS series Austin City Limits .

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